Burg photos New office, 100th year for local bank
By Faye Burg
Ann Miller (left), customer service representative; Bev Jeanty, customer service representative; and Alan Mayer, vice president, lead the Kiel staff of Collins State Bank.
Faye Burg photos
A new banking office is being constructed at 913 Service Rd. in Kiel for Collins State Bank.

Soon to celebrate 100 years in the banking industry, Collins State Bank is focused on serving the financial needs of the area and is proud to be a strong supporter of community organizations, activities and events.

Collins State Bank was issued a state banking charter on Jan. 16, 1914 and will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary on Friday, Aug. 8 with a special celebration in Collins.

Jeff Mueller, a longtime community banker in Random Lake, purchased Collins State Bank in late 2008. At that time, the bank had $12 million in total assets. In December 2009, Collins State Bank acquired a bank office in Random Lake and on Memorial Day weekend in 2013, the bank established a temporary bank office on Fremont Street in downtown Kiel.

In just six years, Collins State Bank has grown to $54 million in total assets and a new, full-service office will soon be open at 913 Service Rd. in Kiel. The new office will feature a full range of financial services, including drive-up banking and an automated teller machine. A tentative date of March 31 has been scheduled for the opening of the new Kiel location, with May 16 tentatively set for the grand opening celebration.

A full service bank for both consumers and businesses, Collins State Bank offers a wide variety of checking and savings accounts to fit the specific needs and budgets of their customers. Consumer highlights include free online banking and bill pay, free e-statements, free ATM transactions at 700 ATM ACCE$$ locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota, free debit cards, free 24-hour telephone banking, free combined statements and free digital check safekeeping.

Business clients can enjoy no minimum balance checking with no monthly maintenance fees, business debit and credit cards, free online banking, bill pay and e-statements, remote deposit capture, free 24-hour telephone banking, safe deposit boxes, wire transfers and night depository.

“We are independent and local and employ local people who are involved in the community,” said Bank Vice President Al Mayer. “We have that human touch that people like. When people come in they can talk to us and we can help them right away. We can do it all right here.”

Bank officials said they are proud to be the community bank of choice for thousands of area residents who bank with them because they have the financial solutions people need and want, experienced professionals they know and trust, and the staff gives customers the personal attention they deserve. Bank management and staff have always focused on serving the interests of local people, local businesses and local organizations.

Collins State Bank customers enjoy that rare combination of “high touch” and “high tech.” Their staff is always glad to visit with customers about a financial question or concern and for those who prefer, they have the latest in banking technology available for both personal and business customers, including online banking, bill pay, e-statements, remote deposit and more.

“We are trying to be what people want in a bank,” Bank President Terry Van Engen said, adding that the bank will be offering home equity specials during April.

If the Board of Directors, officers and staff members look familiar, they should. Collins State Bank takes pride in hiring local members of the community who are your neighbors and members of local organizations and churches. They truly embody the bank’s vision statement: “Big enough to serve you, small enough to know you.”

Everything Collins State Bank does comes with a commitment to serving the best interests of their customers each and every day.

Visit Collins State Bank at 301 Fremont St. and soon to be 913 Service Rd., Kiel or call them at 894-4272 for more information. Their Web site can be found at collinsstatebank.com.